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Driver fatigue frequent cause of trucking accidents in Alabama

You've probably seen signs of extreme driver fatigue on more than one occasion as you travel Alabama roadways. It's often easy to spot such drivers as their vehicles drift off to one side of the lane then veer toward the other. Every so often, a truck or car will go onto the shoulder of the road, then jerk back into traffic when the driver becomes alert and tries to correct the error. Many trucking accidents are caused this way, resulting in catastrophic injuries and, in worst cases, fatalities.

Such accidents often happen so suddenly, other drivers are unable to safely react in time to avoid a collision. If you or your loved one has been hit by a truck driver who was falling asleep behind the wheel, you may seek compensation for damages in civil court. Not all injuries suffered in such incidents are physical.

The emotional pain and trauma often associated with serious motor vehicle collisions can be just as devastating as actual bodily harm. Those considering filing an injury claim may contact an experienced attorney to seek clarification regarding what types of damages can be included and whether third party testimony should be used to substantiate a claim. In cases where a spouse, child or parent has died, there is obviously no way to recover the loss.

Successful claims, however, can at least provide compensation that can be used to help offset expenses associated with the incident. Many trucking accidents are later found to have been preventable were it not for the truck driver's negligence. If you or your family member were injured in an Alabama accident and would like to discuss the possibility of seeking monetary judgment against the party or parties deemed responsible, you may contact The Law Offices of Vickers, White, and Griffin, PLLC for guidance.

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